Pioneering engineer Delon Hampton dies at 87

Delon Hampton, esteemed academic, founder of a firm bearing his name that has grown for 48 years, and at the outset of the 21st century, ASCE’s first Black president, has died. He was 87.


From impoverished days in Chicago to expansion of his firm Delon Hampton & Associates Chartered into a multimillion-dollar engineering company with seven offices, his success inspired many in the field as well as students in the classroom.

“He was a geotechnical engineer and he was truly down to earth,” said ASCE 2021 President Jean-Louis Briaud. “As our first Black president, his example will serve

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